27 Apr 2004
Reuters AlertNet

Malaysia boosts Thai embassy security
after threat

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 (Reuters) - Malaysian police have beefed up security around the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur following a threat to assassinate the ambassador and other Thai diplomats, Malaysia and Thai officials said on Monday.
The Thai foreign ministry said it did not know whether to take the threat seriously, but said it had requested extra security from the Malaysian police as a precaution.
"It was an unsigned letter but after the incidents at the Myanmar and Australian embassies, we cannot take the threat lightly," a senior Malaysian police officer told Reuters.
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, speaking to reporters, played down the letter but urged vigilance.
"Our probe result shows there is nothing to worry about. But for security matters, there should be more than less."
Malaysian police have stationed officers around the clock outside the embassy as well as mounting additional patrols.
In two separate attacks on foreign embassies since late March, arsonists torched Myanmar's embassy while a small explosive device was hurled at the Australian High Commission. That attack caused no damage.
Malaysian and Thai leaders agreed last week to fight terror along their border to counter violent unrest in largely Muslim southern Thailand.
Relations between the Southeast Asian neighbours have been strained since Thai officials said militants behind violence in the area had taken refuge in Malaysia.
A wave of violence has killed at least 60 people in southern Thailand since January. The attacks raised fears of a full-scale separatist rebellion in an area where most of predominantly Buddhist Thailand's Muslims live, and where a low-key separatist insurgency simmered in the 1970s and 1980s.

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